Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Odds and Ends
For those of you who like conspiracy theories, here's a sweet one: the oil/rail "accident" at Lac Megantic, Quebec, was engineered by supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline. Transporting crude oil by rail, some will start saying pretty soon, is just too dangerous. We have to have that pipeline!
How did an experienced railroad engineer and his staff happen to walk away from a train stopped at the top of a hill while leaving the brakes unlocked? Well, maybe they all were drunk. Or, maybe, not. Needless to say, the oil companies will claim "mechanical failures."
I have no evidence to support this conjecture, of course, but you conspiracy theorists usually don't need what they call "evidence." You understand (believe) that "evidence" is easily suppressed.
Weiner and Spitzer
I have not lived in New York City since 1970, but I try to stay in touch. I am entertained by the Weiner campaign, and don't think his election would make things any worse than they would be under Christine Quinn, John Liu, Bill Thompson, or even Bill DiBlasio (who is a pretty good guy.)
On the other hand, I think Eliot Spitzer is a hell of a good candidate for Comptroller. He's totally overqualified, and just might dig out the corruption that everybody assumes is part and parcel of City government. Who cares about a few hookers, as long as they weren't paid on the public dime?
Of course, it was a coup!
I don't agree with McCain too often, but this time he's right. It was a coup, and all that military aid — the vast majority of the aid the USofA sends to Egypt — should be cut off. Hell, they've already got most of this year's aid, so "officially" cutting it off won't make a difference until next year.
Maybe, next year, the military will restore something resembling "democracy," and we can go back to bribing Egypt to continue maintaining the alleged "peace" with Israel. In reality, the so-called "peace" between Egypt and Israel is not likely to be broached by either party, even without USofA funding.
War is too damned expensive, unless you're the official military protector of the multinational corporate establishment.
Maybe, someday, we'll have a black president. Some say Clinton was "the first black president," but black Americans haven't had a real champion since Lyndon Johnson — and our last noticeably liberal president was Richard Nixon.